Would we ever clean a utensil or a car with a dirty cloth? Or wash our clothes in dirty water? Be it old or new, beautiful or ugly we would always do our laundry with clean water woudnt we? *yes I’m stating the obvious*
It’s become a trend these days to go out and work for Allah’s sake or call people to Islam with whatever meager knowledge (or in other words, judgement) one has. How are we to spread the beautiful message of Islam and its way of life, if we are living it otherwise and not working on our own hearts? How are we to share about this beautiful connection with the Rabb if we aren’t working on our relationship with Him?
Yes, Allah swt says, “And mankind is created weak” [Qur’an 4:28]. So we are all definitely not perfect. But there are choices in our hands, that we can consciously choose for the betterment of ourselves. Are we taking care of our scales meticulously adding to it and thinking about it every day? Do we switch off the music when its on or avoid it when we can? Do we stop someone from backbiting when they gossip? Do we stop ourselves from stalking (spying) on others on social media? Do we have husnudhann of a fellow making mistakes while struggling to follow the deen? Are we sitting alone and conversing with our rabb, truthfully; being true to ourselves? Do we lower our gaze really when we look down? Do we prioritize our parent’s happiness (or attention) over community work? Are we yearning to have hayaa yet on social media displaying otherwise? Are we truly being humble or ironically humbling ourselves for show? Are we running for the number of likes and comments or are we aiming for His acceptance? Are we really making dua secretly to the Lord of the worlds, when we write eloquent and beautiful duas as messages to others? Are we pointing fingers and forgetting ourselves? Forwarding and sharing millions of messages and statuses, only for ourselves to not pay heed? Are we talking more, acting less? Are we striving to live the Quran everyday, or is it a lonely dusty book on the shelf? Are we unconsciously *judging* others more and looking at ourselves less? Are we even consciously working on the state of our hearts?
True humility is when we cry and beg Him to accept from us, being overwhelmed with His favors on us and thanking Him; repenting for not doing the best we can with what He gave and asking forgiveness for not thanking Him enough.
If we have the desire to change the world around us, we definitely have the power to work on ourselves religiously and tirelessly!
“O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is people and stones, over which are [appointed] angels, harsh and severe; they do not disobey Allah in what He commands them but do what they are commanded.” [Qur’an 66:6]
Who said one needs to be perfect to share the deen or work for His sake? Yet, forgetting the self is where the danger lies. No excuse can save us. Yes, there is NO loophole. Yet again, Alhamdulillah for a simple formula (solution/answer/just Allah’s swt mercy) to it:
Purify the heart with constant repentance and gratefulness in order to be worthy of having the highest honor of being His ‘abd in this life and in the hereafter to enter the purest of places; Jannah. :’) May Allah purify us and honor us with His deen and His love. Ameen. (I mean it!)